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Egypt's Bribery Problem In The Spotlight After Plane Crash

The investigation of a recent Sinai plane crash has highlighted Egypt's culture of low-level corruption and bribery.

By Melissa Prax | November 7, 2015

Wish you could avoid those lengthy airport lines? If you're in Egypt, you can apparently just bribe an airport official and skip security. 

A British traveler told Sky News that he paid an airport worker about £20 to skip the airport's security lines a few months ago. 

This comes as officials continue to investigate Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport, the takeoff location for the airplane that went down over the Sinai peninsula — killing all 224 people on board.

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Egyptian officials say it's too soon to know what the cause of the crash was, but several countries, including the U.S., suspect it was a bomb

Bribery happens every day in Egypt. There's an Egyptian site aimed at ending the corruption where citizens can post what they paid bribes for. A lot of the posts include bribes paid for getting out of a traffic ticket or getting a driver's license. 

Even though government employees may seem greedy for asking and accepting bribes, low minimum wages in Egypt for public sector workers could be part of the problem

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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